With the high cost of renovate a kitchen or bathroom, many property owners are turning to DIY options instead. One modern solution is concrete countertops.
The process of making DIY concrete countertops is very easy, and the cost is low. Concrete countertops are also low-maintenance and totally customise for your layout or colour scheme.
Covering an Existing Surface
The simplest way to DIY concrete countertops is by using the countertop you already have as the base.
For the best results, remove the drop-in sinks, faucets, and cooktops before you start.
Prepare the Surface for the Concrete Countertop Mix.
Using a round sander, scrape the surface of the old countertop. If the countertop is too smooth or shiny, the concrete countertop mix will not stick properly. Don’t forget the sides and edges.
Protect the Surrounding Surfaces
To keep the concrete mix off of the surrounding surfaces, be sure to cover the cabinets, floor, and backsplash with plastic sheeting.
Prepare and Apply the Concrete Countertop Mix
There are many concrete countertop formulas on the market that hold well over an existing countertop.
Prepare the concrete according to the package directions and apply a thin first layer with a putty knife.
Give attention to your first layer.
Make sure that the wet concrete covers the surface entirely, and make it as smooth as possible. A flat first layer provides a solid foundation for the following layers.
The product will begin to dry quickly. Do not work on sections that are already dry.
There will be an opportunity to fix your mistakes with the next application of the concrete countertop mix.
Sand the Cement Countertops and Repeat
After the first layer is dry, sand away the flaws with sandpaper wrapped around a block or sponge. Vacuum the dust. Then, repeat the application and sanding steps until the entire surface is covered and smooth.
Seal the Concrete Countertops
After the cement countertops are totally dry and sanded smooth, seal the concrete to prevent food stains. There are many concrete sealing products on the market.
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